Top Choice Spanish in Guayaquil

La Tasca de Carlos

This friendly, family-run tavern serves up delicacies from the old world, with creamy tortillas, arroz negro con calamares (rice with squid ink and calamari), pulpo a la gallega (Galician-style octopus) and rich pae…
Top Choice Italian in Quito

Cosa Nostra

Italian-owned Cosa Nostra has a pleasant front patio, cozy dining room and nearly three-dozen varieties of pizza piled with generous toppings and fired up in a brick oven – we consider it the best in town. Good gnoc…
Spanish in Canoa


Owned by a talented Spanish couple (‘Amalur’ means ‘Mother Earth’ in Basque), this trim, minimalist restaurant is a great place to dine and is a major step up from your average Ecuadorian small-town restaurant. It’s…
Mediterranean in Quito

Mea Culpa

An over-the-top Mediterranean menu and a strictly enforced dress code (no jeans, shorts or sneakers) make this one of the old town’s premier restaurants. The views and romantic setting reportedly dwarf the food, but…
Felafel in Guayaquil

Restaurant Ali Baba

One of the only Middle Eastern options downtown, Ali Baba serves staples such as hummus, falafel, juicy shawarmas and filling empanadas ($0.80). Service may not come with a smile but it’s still a good place for a qu…
Italian in Puerto Ayora

La Dolce Italia

With its warm, nautically inspired decor and gregarious Sicilian owner, this upscale Italian bistro is popular with groups on break from boat buffets. A number of excellent pizzas and pastas are served and if you ju…
Spanish in Baños

Tasca de Baños

It may be difficult to get a table at this miniature tapas restaurant. The selection of small dishes are excellent, ranging from perennial favorites like tortilla española to Andalucian meatballs and savory shellfis…
Italian in Mompiche


Bathed in candlelight, this bright and fresh little risto-bar serves up fresh pasta and pizza from its open-air kitchen. The owners Sully and Edgar greet every guest with hospitality and warmth. Muy simpatico.
Greek in Quito


The go-to spot for skewers of tasty grilled meat (the eponymous souvlaki), this casual spot has a growing following for its speedy service, cheery interior (complete with photos of Greek icons) and outdoor seating.
Italian in Puerto López


This delightful spot serves high-quality Italian cooking in a romantic, garden-like setting. It's one block inland from the beach (around the corner from Hostería Itapoá). Reserve ahead, especially on weekends.